Chelsea balls: Mourinho’s men get one hour to celebrate the title
Chelsea are within a whisker of winning the Premier League. Mourinho’s masters are just three 0-0 draws away from the title. In the Times, Steve Clarke recalls what it was like winning the Premier League in 2005 – Chelsea’s first top tier championship in 50 years.
The aftermath was quite strange really. It had been such a long time and we’d been engaged in a relentless pursuit, but there were no real celebrations. Normally after winning the league for the first time in 50 years you’d party for a week, but we had to play Liverpool a few days later. It was absolute madness for an hour, but then we just went back to the hotel for a quiet dinner and the players had a massage. It was very, very José, whose attitude was “Win it, enjoy it for an hour, that’s the job done and move on to the next game.” It summed him up perfectly.
It’s all about next season. As Mourinho says:
“In relation to the Premier League, when the season starts if you want to be champions you also have the risk to finish fifth. Next season will be the same.”
It might be that Jose Mourinho doesn’t get the credit he deserves. After all, next season Chelsea retained the title…